Re-vers-ify (re-imagine your Scrum to re-vers-ify your organization)

Agility is why organizations adopt Scrum.

Organizations suffer as they fail to act with agility through product releases, on the market, for users and consumers, facing competitors. Scrum is mandated and it is overlooked that the agility demonstrated outwardly also depends on the setup of internal structures.

Organisational rigidity is the result when people are separated in functional silos, when collaboration is instructed through hand-overs and governance, when go-see management is not practiced, when the daily work has no room for discontinuous innovation. Basically, such rigidity is the anti-thesis of Agile and impedes outward agility.

Scrum is a simple framework for complex product delivery. Scrum thrives on the self-organizing capabilities of collaboractive people creating finished versions of product in short cycles, called Sprints. Scrum is in itself agnostic of internal structures, positions, titles, hierarchies. Scrum has no mandatory rules for organisational constructs. Scrum is simple, not easy. The simple rules and roles of Scrum are most often twisted and broken to fit an existing organization. Yet, it is nearly impossible to benefit really from adopting Scrum without updating the internal operating systems.

The sensible and courageous way forward is to re-vers-ify, to re-imagine your Scrum to re-emerge your organization. It is a path, not the destination. The destination, an updated organization, is unknown, remains to be discovered.

  • Use Product Backlog as the single plan for one (1) meaningful initiative (project/product/service). Slice the initiative if it is too big.
  • Reset the accountabilities for the selected initiative to Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team(s).
  • Facilitate the eco-system with tools, infrastructure and a (Scrum) team zone in order for them to create sashimi releases. A controlled and automated deployment pipeline is certainly a much needed step forward.
  • Repeat, grow, learn, expand.

“Re-vers-ify” is a narrative to help people re-invent their organizations; an invitation for people to re-imagine their Scrum to re-vers-ify their organization. Over the course of 2017 I have introduced re-vers-ify in several ways. I have now highlighted the essence in a short movie. It takes only slightly over 3 minutes of your time. Enjoy!

If you have more time to spend, consider reading my book “Scrum – A Pocket Guide (A smart travel companion)“. It ends with following belief:

Introducing re-vers-ify to the PMI Poland

wywiad z ekspertem od Scruma, Guntherem Verheyenem, który opowie o podejściu organizacji do wprowadzania zwinnych metod pracy

I was invited for the 4th Annual PMI event in Wroclaw (Poland) on 19 May 2017 to do the opening keynote. I introduced the narrative of “re-vers-ify” (re-imagining your Scrum to re-vers-ify your organisation).

During the day I was interviewed by Paulina Szczepaniak about “re-vers-ify” for the international PMI magazine.

If you want to read more about re-vers-ify, download the full magazine at the Strefa PMI website, or here on my blog. Find my article on page 32.

A daily Scrum Master BONUS podcast on re-vers-ify

The conversations I had with Vasco Duarte about Scrum, Scrum Masters and Scrum Master challenges were broadcasted in the week of 17-21 April 2017.

As an extension Vasco asked me to clarify the ideas I had expressed as “re.vers.ify“. Our conversation has been broadcasted on 21 May 2017 and is NOW AVAILABLE at the Scrum Master Toolbox website.

In “re.vers.ify“ I have consolidated over a decade of experience, ideas, beliefs and observations of Scrum and organisational transformation through Scrum (or the lack thereof). Re.vers.ify is an act, an act of simplicity, rhythm and focus. Re.vers.ify is a way for people to re.imagine their Scrum, and deliberately re-emerge the structures of their organisation. Re.vers.ify helps people and organisations shape the third Scrum wave.

 

Attending Scrum Days Poland (and opening the second day)

Soulmates and keynote speakers Scrum Days Poland 2017On 5 and 6 June the 3rd Scrum Days Poland take place, check out http://www.scrumdays.pl.

The people’s rebel Tobias Mayer opens the first day, about #trueScrumMaster. I am honoured to open the second day of the event. I will introduce “re-vers-ify“, an act of re-imagining Scrum to re-vers-ify your organisation. Both Tobias and I have workshops on the second day.

Check out https://guntherverheyen.com/events/ to know at what other events I am sharing ideas.

Re.vers.ify (essential introduction)

By the end of 2016, Co-learning organised a webinar about “Re-thinking the organisation”. I feel humbled for sharing my views next to those of the other presenters James Priest (Sociocracy 3.0) and Jürgen De Smet (founder of Co-learning and collaboration architect).

I introduced “re.vers.ify“, the consolidation of over a decade of experience, ideas, beliefs and observations of Scrum. In the recording of my part you will find a fair, 15-minutes summary of my essential and current thoughts and drivers:

Re.vers.ify is an act, an act of simplicity, rhythm and focus. Re.vers.ify is a way for people to re.imagine their Scrum, intentionally emerge a Scrum Studio and -ultimately- re.imagine their organisation.

Speaking Engagement 2017 (re-vers-ify)

Ullizee -Seal 2104I’ve been asked to go present at some events in 2017. It got me into more clearly describing what my speaking engagement will be about. Download the PDF “2017 Speakers Topic Gunther Verheyen re-vers-ify.

I foresee spending much of my energy on introducing “re-vers-ify” to the world, a way for people to re-imagine their organisation by re-imagining their Scrum.

There are various fascinating and -probably- valuable strategies available to scale Scrum. They are however all situational. I help people and organisations move forward, regardless how long they have or have not been adopting Scrum, or the scale at which they operate. I always introduce the simplest and most core basics of Scrum first. I highlight their purpose and how they serve business agility. I find that it enormously draws on people’s imagination but it also excites them greatly; identifying a product as the application domain of their Scrum, having a Product Owner with the ability and mandate to act as a Product-CEO, producing a Done version of product by the end of every Sprint (regardless the number of teams).

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I have observed how imagination can set an organisation apart. Imagination often distinguishes innovative from lagging organisations. Any organization can be re-imagined, re-vers-ified, to exploit its intrinsic potential to innovate and lead.

The many adaptations possible through Scrum provide a safety net, actually. Scrum thus creates room for action and discovery. Organisations can re-imagine their Scrum to converge their product delivery into a Scrum Studio. Over time divisions dissipate into a structure of product hubs interconnected through purpose and distributed leadership. Creativity and innovation emerge. People, teams and the organisation prosper.

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I have consolidated over a decade of his experience, ideas, beliefs and observations of Scrum in re-vers-ify. In my upcoming talks I will introduce how the deliberate emergence of a Scrum Studio is the current way forward to re-vers-ify.

Re-vers-ify is an act of simplicity, rhythm and focus. Simple, not easy.

On 23 December 2016 I lift a tip of the veil at a webinar I am participating in together with Jürgen De Smet (collaboration architect at Co-learning) and James Priest (Co-Founder of Sociocracy 3.0)

Looking forward to catching up with you in 2017.

Gunther